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- Aether Revolt

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 2.88

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James H.



And now, for something shocking. Or something. Yep, Shock makes its triumphant return to Standard for the first time in about 5 years. 1 mana, 2 damage; it's not as good as Lightning Bolt, but not much is, and it's more consistent than a lot of the offerings red's had for recent memory. The consistency is what makes it more useful than, say, Fiery Temper.


Shock isn't going to be a star, but it's exactly right for Standard. Use this early, and use it often, and shock the crap out of your opposition.


Constructed: 4.25

Casual: 4

Limited: 4.5

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 2.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

I'm surprised we only haven't seen this card in a new set since M14 - it felt like it had been a lot longer than that. I understand that Magic releases new cards, and riffs on older cards, and that power levels of sets might fluctuate, but sometimes I do wish they would decide which is going to be the baseline for various "tropes" and stick with them. Shock is going to generate a lot of controversy for that reason, because many people have been around for long enough to have played with Lightning Bolt and Incinerate in Standard FNM and because others are used to creatures like Siege Rhino and the now-banned Smuggler's Copter. But Shock deals 2 damage to anything with no conditions, and the cold, hard fact is that no card that does that is objectively bad.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

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